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POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (POD)

Event Date: 02 Feb To 03 Feb 2019; Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Shofar Conference Centre, Gurugram

 Politics of Development or POD | 2019

About the Program

Ever wondered why India remains poor, with the top 1% bagging more than 70% of the country's wealth? Why our political system not only falls short of the textbook ideal, but prioritizes communal politics, corruption, and cronyism?

The "Politics of Development" is a two-day immersive residential course curated for a batch of 120 Policy Enthusiasts looking for the answers to these and many other grueling questions and striving to find solutions for the same. Our esteemed keynote speaker, Mr. Swaminathan Aiyar will take up discussions on Post-Reform Realities. Further discussions about the nuances of good governance and a deeper look into the crux of political corruption in India that are part of program will be brought up as well.

PoD follows our philosophy for integrated learning and interactive discussions by including lectures by domain specialists, policymakers and policy enthusiasts, and supplementing them with games, movies and presentations to promote healthy group discussions.

Program Highlights:

  • Keynote speakers from industry leaders and policy domain influencers
  • 2-day intensive residential course more than 100 policy enthusiasts to network with
  • Engaging in interactive and thought provoking exercises with the brightest minds of the industry

Selection Process: Since the seats are limited and the candidates will be selected on a rolling basis, those who apply earlier will have a higher chance of selection.

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Schedule

Day 1

Politics of Poverty

  • Is There Really a 'Culture of Poverty' in India?
  • Why Rules of the Game Matter
  • India Before 91
  • Post-Reform Realities in conversation with Swaminathan Aiyar
  • Exploring Good Governance by Ajay Shah
  • Unpacking Political Corruption

Day 2

Politics of Development

  • Improving Competition in the Political Marketplace
  • Ease of Earning a Livelihood
  • Rethinking Welfare

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Speakers

Swaminathan Aiyar (Keynote Speaker)

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is an Indian journalist and columnist. He is a consulting editor for the Economic Times and was formerly Editor of two of India's biggest economic dailies, Financial Express from 1988-90 and The Economic Times from 1992-94. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and the elder brother of Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is a senior Congress leader.

Ajay Shah

Ajay is currently Professor at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy in Delhi. He is a former consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and former Associate Professor, IGIDR. He was listed among the Top 10 economists in the Indian Express supplement 'The Most Powerful Indians in 2010'.

Parth Shah

Parth is the Founder and President of Centre for Civil Society. He holds a PhD in Economics from Auburn University,  and has taught at the University of Michigan. His research and advocacy work centres on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property rights approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He is also on the editorial board of Education World, Vishleshan, and Khoj, and is informal advisor to many non-profits. Youngest Indian member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, a nonprofit, independent public policy research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Jayaprakash Narayan

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by training who went into the Indian Administrative Service in the aftermath of the Emergency and failure of the Janata Experiment. He was a topper in the IAS exam. During the 16 years of distinguished public service in various capacities, he acquired a formidable reputation in the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh. His experience in government convinced him that faulty governance process was the biggest hurdle to India and Indians achieving greater success. And what India needs today is a fundamental change in the rules of the game and not a periodic change of players. In order to translate his vision into practical reality, he resigned from Service (IAS) in 1996 and worked with like-minded colleagues for the formation of Lok Satta. Lok Satta has now emerged as India's leading civil society initiative for governance reforms.

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Join the Two Day Residential Course in Public Policy

Application deadline: 20th January 2019

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Fee includes food, accommodation, transport from Huda City Centre to the venue on first and last day, and learning material.

LEX POLICY - Rethinking Rules, Regulations and the Republic

Event Date: 26 Jan To 27 Jan 2019; Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Venue: Delhi and Mumbai

LEX POLICY - Rethinking Rules, Regulations and the Republic

Lex policy is a certificate course in law and public policy. The course will explore the various ways in which the constitution remains the fundamental determinant of government policy, and what implications it has had on India's policy success and failures.

ABOUT

The Republic Day marks the day when the Constitution came into effect. Today, the Constitution is often used as an instrument for progressive change, or seen as an aspirational document of what the State should be. While it is both of them in limited capacities, it's fundamental role is to pose a set of constraints--to establish separation of powers, a system of checks and balances and to constrain the scope of legislation, among other things.

The document has been remarkable in ensuring peaceful transitions of power, protection of linguistic minorities, women's and dalits' rights and in constraining majoritarianism. At the same time, government policy has shaped its interpretation in such a way that it has failed to effectively constrain the State from intervening in citizens' lives. The Indian state's long conflict with individual liberties is manifest in constitutional cases like Champakam Dorairajan (1951), Golaknath (1967), Kesavananda Bharati(1973) and Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) (2017). The Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Rights raise some fundamental contradictions inherent in the Constitution.

These issues are not of mere academic interest. On the contrary, government intervention continues to weigh heavy on India's growth story. There are a 'million mutinies' across the country, on issues such as land rights, reservation in education and jobs, the unemployment crisis, religious freedom and others whose roots lie in an unrestrained state which acted as an arbiter of privilege for one section over the other.

On this Republic Day, join us as we attempt to understand the role of the constitution in India's history and the future that lies ahead. Seats are limited.

Program Date: 26-27 January
Application deadline: 16 January 2019
Venue: Delhi and Mumbai
Course Fee: INR 2000


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EduDoc: Stories of Education | 2018

Event Date: 14 Dec 2018; Time: TBD
Venue: TBD

 Stories of Education | 2018

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EduDoc 2018 – An International Short Film Competition

This year, EduDoc: Stories of Education, an annual International Short Film Competition organised by Centre for Civil Society (CCS), aims to highlight the regulatory challenges faced by the education sector throughout the world, through the audio-visual medium.

Theme   Education: Regulatory Challenges, Innovations and Solutions

 Objectives

  • To identify and document the regulatory challenges of the education system through audio-visual medium
  • To highlight various solutions devised by individuals, groups, communities, organizations, governments, to overcome these regulatory challenges
  • To celebrate innovations and solutions in education

 EduDoc Awards | 2018

  • 5 best films will be screened at Schol Choice National Conference 2018
  • Prize:
    • Best Film: USD 500/ INR 40,000
    • Second Best Film: USD 400/ INR 30,000
    • Third Best Film: USD 150/ INR 10,000
    • EduDoc Fellow Best Film: USD 150/ INR 10,000

Please note: Deductions will be applicable as per the government rule.

Stay Updated with us

  • Use hashtag for Twitter: “#EduDoc18” within your tweet

“If you know someone who is redefining education, share their story with us in a short film.”

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Appeal for Repeal Laws Day 2018

Event Date: 26 Nov 2018; Time: 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi
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Repeal of Laws:

India, one of the largest democracies in the world with an ever-rising population, has had, several statutes that with the advent of time have become obsolete, redundant or repetitive. In addition to this, there is the matter of inconsistent language and dissemination- making it difficult for an ordinary citizen to access and comprehend the plethora of legal information with ease. This increased transaction cost coupled with glaring redundancy further breeds fertile grounds for corruption, discouraging engagement of individuals and firms with the society/ economy at large.

Centre of Civil Society (CCS) initiated the 'Repeal of 100 Laws' Project in 2014 with the aim to identify laws that could be repealed on account of three reasons

  • Redundancy
  • Obsolescence in the face of new laws
  • Hindrance to development, governance and freedom.

 

For the 2018 edition of the Repeal of Laws initiative the following state compendiums have been prepared:

 

APPEAL FOR REPEAL LAW DAY

Centre for Civil Society, in an effort to institutionalize the repealing of laws as a constitutional practice for the Republic of India, would like to bring together like-minded organizations, scholars, academicians and lawyers to acknowledge 26 November as the Appeal for Repeal Law Day. Its objectives are:

  • To celebrate the diversity of our legal system and have a constructive dialogue around the process of repealing of laws
  • To launch the compendiums constituting the recommended laws for repeal in the aforementioned 6 States

 

The target is to bring together 70-80 dedicated individuals under one roof and to engage in constructive dialogue around the potential processes required for the institutionalization of the repeal of laws. The idea is to deliberate over the existing structures and processes for repealing laws in India, and envisaging practices which can be adopted moving forward.

Baithak:Conversations in Policy

Event Date: 03 Nov 2018; Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Venue: Centre for Civil Society, A-69, Haus Khas, New Delhi

Following the success of previous Baithaks with Gurcharan Das and Nikhil Pahwa in August and September respectively, CCS and FNF have invited Laveesh Bhandari to participate and moderate the forthcoming Baithak: Conversations in Policy. Laveesh is an economist, an author, a columnist and an entrepreneur. He has undertaken various projects in industrial and economic reforms in India in addition to government advisory roles on policy and measurement issues in the environment. He is currently the Director of Indicus Foundation and also founded Indicus Analytics. The discussion will explore the intersection of ethics, environment and economics.

Baithak: Conversations in Policy is CCS Academy's initiative for fostering continued learning and development of CCS and FNF graduates through open group discussions in an informal group setting.

The idea of Baithak is to give a platform to all CCS and FNF graduates to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues. Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

Date : November 3rd, 2018

Time : 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Venue : Centre for Civil Society, A-69, Haus Khas, New Delhi

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For details contact:
Shivang Raina (shivang@ccs.in)